Classic Pad Thai Dinner

Make weeknight dinner fast and easy. Here's a main course recipe and three suggestions for rounding it out into a complete meal. Find out how to effortlessly dress up starters, sides, and desserts to fit the meal's main course.

The Menu

Chicken Pad Thai

  • Chicken Pad Thai (see recipe below)
  • Asian Slaw
  • Ginger Snow Peas
  • Pineapple with Toasted Coconut

Sweet, salt, acid, and spice are the four flavors that characterize any Thai dish, and this Chicken Pad Thai is no exception. Round out this Asian meal with Asian Slaw, Ginger Snow Peas, and Pineapple with Toasted Coconut. Coconut out of a bag is easily toasted on a cookie sheet in the oven -- just watch it carefully to be sure it doesn't burn.

Chicken Pad Thai


Asian Slaw

Dress a bag of slaw mix with Asian ginger Sesame dressing; garnish with sliced green onions.

Ginger Snow Peas

Heat 2 tsp. vegetable oil with 1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger in the microwave for 30 seconds. Toss with steamed snow peas.

Pineapple with Toasted Coconut

Fresh or canned pineapple chunks are topped with toasted coconut for a sweet-crunchy quick dessert. For the kids, try putting the pineapple on skewers -- they'll love it.